Jena Malone’s Role in BATMAN V SUPERMAN Has Leaked Online

From the moment Sucker Punch actress Jena Malone stepped on set for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans were speculating about who she was going to play in the film. We found out just a few days ago that her performance was cut from the theatrical release of the movie, but her character will reportedly appear on the R-rated Blu-ray when the film arrives on home video. Malone’s character has leaked onto the internet, and while this could be considered spoilery information, it’s not something that will actually spoil anything in the final movie, only an extended edition or deleted scene from the special features. In any case, if you don’t want to know, turn back now.

A screenshot surfaced on Reddit (via Screencrush) that appears to be a marketing survey from Warner Bros. asking which characters they’d like to see more of in promotional materials. Check it out:

Assuming that this isn’t fake, it indicates that Malone is playing Commissioner Gordon’s daughter Barbara, who, in the comics, becomes Batgirl before being paralyzed by The Joker and turning into a wheelchair-bound tech guru with the code name of Oracle. That lines up with a report from Latino-Review from seven months ago, and the fact that Malone isn’t in the movie now makes a lot more sense. If she is playing Barbara Gordon, it’s almost a guarantee that Snyder recreated the scene from Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke in which The Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara, which seems a little extreme for a PG-13 rated blockbuster. But that sounds like a perfect added scene for an R-rated home video release, doesn’t it? Personally, I’m not champing at the bit to see that particular story beat immortalized on film, but it remains to be seen if Malone is going to appear in the larger WB/DC cinematic universe beyond the bonus features of Batman v Superman.

Plus, by having Malone play Barbara and specifically not have her suit up as Batgirl, it allows Snyder to be able to point to his recent statement about Malone’s character and say he was telling the truth:

I think we should keep [her character] private, but it’s nothing that’s been talked about. She’s definitely not Robin or Batgirl. I’m happy to say that.

As long as she doesn’t wear the suit, he’s technically telling the truth. Do you want to see Barbara’s paralyzation play out in an R-rated cut of Batman v Superman?

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR — Easter Eggs and References From The New Trailer

Yesterday, fans were treated to an incredible new trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil Warand a lot of us spent time picking it apart trying to find certain things that we didn’t want to miss. I even went through it frame by frame and posted over a 100 screenshots looking for any signs of awesomeness that might be hidden in it. Now, Mr. Sunday Movies has released a video that points out ten Easter eggs and references in the film trailer that you might have missed. He says:

Captain America: Civil War trailer 2 is here! Check out all the Easter Eggs, References, Things Missed (not six but ten!), as well as a closer look at Spider-man and which Avengers he’ll side with! Team Cap or Team Iron man?

As well as that there’s detail on what turns Black Panther against Bucky, how many people were killed in The Avengers in 2012, Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014 and Avengers Age Of Ultron in 2015. Not the mention the BILLIONS of dollars in property damaged caused.

There’s also a mystery marvel character lurking in the background of a few shots, confirmation that Hydra will be heavily involved in the plot with the inclusion of Crossbones and a logo. We also get a Ant-man leaping off a Hawkeye arrow (who’s also rumoured to become giant man) as well as confirmation that Scarlett Witch is powerful enough to subdue The Vision. Which makes sense considering both of their powers stem from the same Infinity Stone.

SPIDER-MAN ALSO! Let’s break down the new costume! It’s very reminiscent of Alex Ross and Steve Ditko, has a more traditional logo, adjustable white eyes, mechanical web shooters and a belt that presumably holds web refills! Exciting times. Exciting times for everyone. Thanks for watching!

There are a couple things that he points out that I didn’t notice. It’s worth checking out when you get a chance! 

JUSTICE LEAGUE Won’t Be as Dark as BATMAN V SUPERMAN

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One thing that Warner Bros. has liked to do with their superhero films is give them a dark, gritty, serious tone. We are definitely going to heavily see that in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. People have said those are some of the things that set them apart from what Marvel is doing. But WB doesn’t plan on making all of their superhero films that dark. 

During a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Batman v Superman screenwriter Chris Terrio says that he’s going to be changing things up with the tone for Justice League, which he is also writing. He explains that he sees Batman v Superman as the middle part of a trilogy with Man of Steel and Justice League. As we all know, in most cases, the middle part of a trilogy is usually the darkest, and the plan is to lighten things up with Justice League. He says:

“Batman v Superman is a bit of an Empire Strikes Back or Two Towers or any similar middle film in a trilogy. The middle film tends to be the darkest one. I do think from Man of Steel through Justice League, it is one saga really.

“I expect Justice League will be tonally not quite as dark as Batman v Superman. From that point of view, I felt compelled to go back and try to lift us and myself into a different tonal place because I think when you write a darker film, sometimes you want to redeem it all a bit.”

It’s good to know that he feels this way. We don’t need a bunch of depressing dark superhero movies. Marvel has proven that you can lighten things up and have a ton of fun. That’s something I wouldn’t mind seeing with Justice League. I’m just excited to see where this all goes and how far Warner Bros. actually takes this plan they’ve put together.

The first Justice League movie will be released on November 17, 2017 and the second one will be released on June 14, 2019. 

Michael Keaton to Headline ‘American Assassin’

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by: Mocha Cub – Staff Writer

Another day, another graphic novel adaptation as CBS Films and Lionsgate will bring the classic graphic novel American Assassin  to the big screen with Micheal Keaton starring & “Kill The Messanger” director Michael Cuesta helming the project.
Based on Vince Flynn’s novel,  the film will follow Cold War vet Stan Hurley (Keaton), who would be the CIA’s most dangerous operative if more than a few people knew he actually existed. Hurley’s director tasks him with training a new black ops recruit named Mitch Rapp, who is devastated by the loss of his fiancee to a terrorist attack. The pair is then dispatched on a mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious op from starting WW3 in the Middle East.
America Assassin is 1 of 14 books with the majority of them finding themselves on the NYT best seller list and have collectively sold over 20 millions copies to date. Currently there is no one attached to play Rapp,  who is the main protagonist of all the novels. This will definitely be a change of pace for Keaton,  who has stuck to more prestige pics recently with both Birdman and Spotlight winning the last two Oscar’s for best picture. Keaton will next be seen in The Founder, which will show the rise of McDonald’s mogul Ray Croc.
Cuesta will be working with a script by Stephen Schiff (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) Lorenzo Di Bonaventura & Nick Wechsler will produce the film with production scheduled to begin this summer.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Blu-ray Teased With Table Read Video

For a long time, all fans had in the way of images for the then-still-untitled Star Wars: Episode VII was a picture of the cast gathered for the first table read of the script. That table read was recorded and will be one of the bonus features on the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, which hits shelves on April 1, but Disney just sent over this quick teaser to get fans excited about owning the movie and diving into all of the special features.

It sounds like Mark Hamill reading that opening crawl, and I’m actually very curious about what he says next, because we know that writer/director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan retooled the script before and even during filming. Early rumors indicated that the film opened with Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber falling down onto the surface of a planet (I think it was Jakku, where we first meet Rey), so I wonder if Hamill’s reading contained that version or another one altogether. I suppose we’ll find out very soon — unless Abrams is keeping the mystery box closed even after the film has already been released, and the video cuts around during the table read and only includes sections of the script that ended up being in the final film. I wouldn’t put it past them to pull something like that.

Meanwhile, if you’re at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, you can check out another one of the bonus features, a full length documentary called Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, that will be premiering there on March 14 before it hits home video. Disney and Lucasfilm dropped off some First Order stormtroopers and a TIE Fighter in Austin today, and they’ll be on display there for the whole weekend.

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Get a New Peek at the Initial Table Read For ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’!

April 29th, Pinewood Studios, UK – Writer/Director/Producer J.J Abrams (top center right) at the cast read-through of Star Wars Episode VII at Pinewood Studios with (clockwise from right) Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Producer Bryan Burk, Lucasfilm President and Producer Kathleen Kennedy, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Writer Lawrence Kasdan. Copyright and Photo Credit: David James.

by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

We all remember the picture. That black and white image that made us all think that anything was possible again. It was so many things for so many fans, infinite possibilities for the future of Star Wars, as vast as space itself. It was a promise of new adventures with new friends. It spurred our imagination to ponder where our heroes ended up after Return of the Jedi, who exactly were all these new faces and what would their impact be in a galaxy far, far away?

Now that The Force Awakens is in our consciousness the possibilities for the next films in the series are a little more finite. But when we saw that picture, Star Wars was everything we wanted it to be and more. For a period of time it was perfect.

We’re all excited to see where Rian Johnson takes the path that J.J. Abrams and his amazing team laid out in the upcoming Episode VIII, but now the galaxy is a little less mysterious. We now know what the galaxy looks like thirty years after Return of the Jedi and who the players are.

If you’re like me, those days after that first picture came out were an amazing rush.

Thankfully, we can relive a little of that time when The Force Awakens comes out on home video thanks to a feature devoted to the first table read that gave us that picture. Take a look at the tease below to whet your whistle until The Force Awakens is home with us where it should be.

 

Get a first look at the full-cast table read of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. See it in full with Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Digital HD (available April 1) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (available April 5).

Christopher Nolan Eyes Unknown Actor Fionn Whitehead For His WWII Film DUNKIRK

Guy Pearce. Al Pacino. Christian Bale. Hugh Jackman. Leonardo DiCaprio. Matthew McConaughey. Fionn Whitehead.

One of those names is not like the others, and on the list of leading men in Christopher Nolan movies*, newcomer Whitehead sticks out like a sore thumb. But that’s on purpose, as Nolan’s been on the hunt for unknown talent to lead his new World War II film, Dunkirk. The Wrap reports that Whitehead is at the top of the director’s list, though it’s not 100% clear if the deal has officially been signed yet. If it goes through, Whitehead will play one of the two young leads in the movie, which has already cast Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, and Kenneth Branagh in supporting roles.

Nolan wrote the original screenplay, which was inspired by Operation Dynamo, a 1940 mission that freed over 300,000 Allied troops who were trapped by the Nazis in the French city of Dunkirk. The movie, which is being shot in 65mm and IMAX 65mm by Interstellar’s Hoyte van Hoytema, will be filmed at the real locations where the actual operation took place in France, and is scheduled for release in theaters on July 21, 2017.

We don’t know anything about Whitehead, who thus far only has in ITV’s horror series Him, but looking at the careers of that list of leading men in Nolan movies, Dunkirk certainly bodes well for his future.

*I didn’t include Jeremy Theobald, who starred in Following, because that was before Nolan was Nolan and his debut feature was shot on the weekends for $6,000, so it’s not exactly comparable to those other films.